UPDATE (3/9/18): We are heartbroken to announce that HB205, the Down Syndrome Nondiscrimination Abortion Act, did not pass this legislative session. This is a huge loss for our state and our society! The Utah Senate chose to let people die when they chose to hold HB205 hostage and not let it come to a vote on the Senate floor. So many people sacrificed their time, talents and efforts to get HB205 this far. We thank them for their words, prayers, emails, phone calls, texts and all other efforts behind the scenes and in the forefront! Your love, passion, and determination were not in vain! Much good has come and will come from what you've done. You fought for those how cannot protect themselves. You are true heroes!
We have great hopes that while HB205 did not pass this year, this is not the end of Down Syndrome anti-discrimination legislation in Utah!
A Down Syndrome diagnosis shouldn’t be a death sentence. Selective abortion, for any reason, is the very definition of eugenics. History warns us that this is a very dangerous road to take. Recent news out of Iceland and Denmark regarding the eradication of Down Syndrome, or rather the eradication of people with Down Syndrome via abortion should give all of us nightmares. Early prenatal testing via a maternal blood draw has opened up the way to let us prepare for these babies, or eradicate an entire subset of our population. Presently, Down Syndrome is the main target of this “compassionate eugenics” movement, but it If we do not stand up against this thinking, it will be just the beginning. After Down Syndrome, what group will come next? Utah needs to draw a defining line in the sand and declare loudly to the world, “We will not go there!”